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Jadakiss talks battle rap, Roc-A-Fella Records, and “Consignment” mixtape with

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

During the early stages of his career, Jadakiss was considered to be one of the most-vicious battle rappers in the game. Many thought twice before challenging Jadakiss to a lyrical battle. After a tough split from Bad Boy Records, Jadakiss and The L.O.X. took on Diddy, then-known as Puff Daddy. A few years later, Jadakiss began feuding with Roc-A-Fella Records star, Beanie Sigel.

Jadakiss spent a few years away from the game after the release of his Kiss Tha Game Goodbye debut album, but was in for more controversy when he returned in 2004. Starting with his 2004 single, “Why,” and continuing when he contributed to Ja Rule’s hit single, “New York,” Jadakiss fought well into 2005. 50 Cent had also established himself as a tough battle rapper, but proved no match to ‘Kiss.

In recent years, Jadakiss has softened his stance a bit. Jadakiss has ended his feud with 50 Cent and with Beanie Sigel. During the final days of Roc-A-Fella Records, Jay-Z signed Jadakiss to the label, making him label-mates with his former rivals. Years later, Jadakiss can still spar with the best of them, but is now focused on unity. caught up with Jadakiss and they discussed a number of topics. Jadakiss revealed he was insipred by Rick Ross and the success of his Rich Forever mixtape when he began recording Consignment. So inspired by the mixtape, Jadakiss went as far as saying a lot of the same features from Rich Forever are on Consignment. DJ Drama was selected to host the mixtape because of the influx of Southern artists featured on the project.

With his album on the way, Jadakiss revealed he is not sure if he is still signed to Roc-A-Fella Records. When Jay-Z left to create Roc Nation, the status of Roc-A-Fella Records became a question. Regardless, Jadakiss said he is signed to Def Jam and he can always call on Jay-Z for anything, seeing how he still answers his calls. Aside from his own solo work, Jadakiss revealed he will be featured on new projects from Pusha T, Lloyd Banks, and Fabolous.